Where I currently live, we saw a heat index of 124 degrees here today. It feels like a sauna outside, even at 10pm at night when the sun has gone down. It’s really difficult to work with makeup when it is that sweltering hot and there is plenty of humidity in the air. I have to be honest, I put together this look purely because I knew it was going to be the hottest day of the year so far. It hit me that it would make a great article, especially since so many people have questions about how to “heatproof” their makeup and make sure it stays on. I have an entire heat resistant makeup tutorial for you inside and it has plenty of tips and tricks!
HEAT RESISTANT EYE MAKEUP: It is extremely important to make sure you use an eyeshadow primer in the summer. Even if your eyelids don’t typically crease, they will crease in the heat and your makeup will slide down your eyeballs and all over. I prefer extremely simple, easy products for the eyes when it’s hot outside. Getting too fancy and caking on eye makeup just isn’t practical when the temperatures are hitting the 100 degree mark.
For the eyes, I am using the new NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks in Oaxaca and Hollywoodland. Both are new and limited edition for Fall 2015. These are cream eyeshadow sticks that go on creamy and easily, but dry down to a long-lasting, powder-like finish. If you apply an eyeshadow primer beforehand, these will stay put throughout the heat. They are so easy to apply to the eyes (no brushes needed!) and last a long time.
Apply Oaxaca to the lower lash-line. These are super creamy and thin enough to be placed right onto your eye area like a crayon. I didn’t even need to use a brush for this entire makeup look.
Apply Hollywoodland to your entire eyelid and slightly above the crease. Your finger can be used to pat and blend this out. A thin layer of product will show up beautifully and you’ll have gorgeous champagne shimmer on your eyelids. These are such lightweight eyeshadow sticks that you’ll barely feel like you’re wearing anything.
Curl your eyelashes.
Apply your favorite mascara. Waterproof mascara is recommended for the heat. It won’t smudge all over your eyelids and underneath your eyes.
You’ve got a perfectly defined lower lash-line and your eyelids have some glimmer to them. It’s a lightweight look that will stand up to the heat.
HEAT RESISTANT FACE MAKEUP: Again, using a face primer here is crucial. There are many on the market, but I adore spray primers for the summertime. You can tote it along with you in your purse if need be for touch-ups.
Apply your face primer generously. My favorite one is Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Control. It helps tremendously with oily skin or skin that gets oily after being out in the heat. It helps your face makeup “stick” to your face so that if you’re sweating, it’s not going to budge. Spray it on and let it dry for a few seconds before applying foundation.
Apply a lightweight foundation to your skin. I personally love and use bareMinerals BARESKIN Serum Foundation. It works for my skin type and it has an ultra lightweight formula that you can barely feel on your skin. A few drops on the back of my hand covers my entire face, evening out my complexion. It’s best not to overdo the foundation and concealer on hot days. In fact, I skipped the concealer altogether here for that very reason. Too much face makeup is asking for a makeup disaster during a heatwave!
Use a powder to set the area underneath your eyes, around your nose, and your forehead and chin. These are the spots that almost everyone starts to get oily and sweaty on. I used Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Contour Palette and set around my entire nose, chin, forehead, and under-eye area. This will make it so your face makeup stays put.
Apply a neutral, light blush to your cheekbones.Nothing too heavy here, especially since most people have flushed skin in the heat. I used the new NARS Blush in Tribulation for Fall 2015 on my cheeks. It almost looks like a highlight shade, so it gives me a gorgeous glow, but it adds a slight flush to my cheeks that is very natural.
Apply an eyebrow pencil or eyebrow powder to your brows lightly to fill in any sparse spots. I used my L’oreal Brow Stylist Pencil in Blonde and kept it really light. Powders and pencils are best for the hot weather since most gel and liquid formula eyebrow products will end up melting or smearing.
Set your makeup into place with a finishing spray. This step is so, so important that you must not skip it. Finishing sprays will lock everything you just applied in. My favorite is the Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray Oil Control. Again, it’s meant for controlling oil and any sweaty spots you might get on your face. It keeps your makeup in place!
It’s all about keeping the skin super lightweight and clean with as little product as possible. Using a primer and setting spray are a must.
HEAT RESISTANT LIPS: When it comes to your lips and hot weather, you’ve basically got two choices: go with your favorite lip balm or go with a matte lipstick that won’t budge for hours. Since my eye and face makeup is very light in lieu of the hot weather, I decided to use a bright matte lipstick that is budge-proof.
I used ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Pacific for this look. There are so many “liquid lipsticks” out there right now that dry down to a long-lasting finish. This one doesn’t move on me for hours. If I wasn’t wearing this, I’d be wearing my Dior Addict Lip Glow which is the most incredible lip balm ever.
THE FINISHED HEAT RESISTANT MAKEUP LOOK:
This makeup isn’t going anywhere. My lip color is dried down to a matte finish and won’t smear off or budge, even while drinking. My face makeup is lightweight and set with powder in the spots that typically get oily. My blush is very neutral and just barely there so that my cheeks don’t look too red in the heat. My eye makeup is light and classic but still makes my eyes look awake and refreshed.
When the temperatures soar, sometimes it feels nice to just take a break from makeup altogether and let your skin breathe. When you still need to look polished and presentable though, this is a great way to do so while making sure your makeup stays in place all day long.
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